Board meeting notes

Posted by Blair McBride on December 27, 2011 in Meeting Notes tagged with ,

Notes from the recent board meeting, which is open to all members. Discussing financials, running of the makerspace, and how to help the makerspace succeed.

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Availability over Christmas and New Years

Posted by Blair McBride on December 14, 2011 in Announcements tagged with ,

For those of you that don't regularly read the mailing list, Paul posted recently on the schedule over Christmas and New Years time of the year. There's a lot of people heading out of town, spending time with family they don't see often, or just plain busy - so the workshop won't be open as regularly. There will be the odd event on Thursday night, and the workshop will sometimes be open on Saturdays. Check the calendar and the mailing list for details on specific dates. If you are interested in using the space please send mail to the mailing list and we'll see which board members are availa

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Bookscanner project

Posted by Reece Arnott on September 11, 2011 in Projects tagged with

Here are some notes on my book-scanner project, inspired by diybookscanner.org. This is a work in progress and will initially be a single large page and I'll probably update it and split it into a Lessons Learned (blind alleys, problems, workarounds and eventual solutions) section at some point. If you want something I haven't documented yet just email me: reece.arnott@gmail.com   Vision I am planning on building a book-scanner using 3d printed parts so that the design can be easily replicated in the near future when hobbyist 3d printing becomes more widespread. I want something that

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Talk: Beginning electronics courses

Posted by Paul Campbell on August 19, 2011 in Talks tagged with ,

I've started giving a series of basic electronics courses at Makerspace - these are aimed at everyone including complete beginners - I'm avoiding maths as much as possible, the idea is to get an understanding of what's going on in a circuit without getting bogged down in the details - your goal should be to be able to look at a schematic, ask yourself  "what's that thing for?" and be able to make a reasonable guess I'm making heavy use of the excellent circuit simulations at http://www.falstad.com/circuit/e-index.html - your browser will need java enabled to use them. The first session

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Talk: 3D photocopier

Posted by Reece Arnott on August 15, 2011 in Talks tagged with , ,

I've finally uploaded the PDF of the slides I was using. Note the static image on the page about how the Microsoft Kinect gets depth information from the changes in how the dots are perturbed by objects. This was originally an animated gif. You can go to the original source for that if you like. Click here for the original blog post I got this animated gif from.

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Talk: OpenWRT

Posted by Micheal Hamel on August 08, 2011 in Talks tagged with , , , ,

OpenWRT: thats an odd name... The story starts late 2002 when Linksys released a wireless router called the WRT54G. Andrew Miklas noticed (from the visible names used in the internal filesystem, amongst other things) that it was using Linux, without in any way acknowledging this or making the source available. They had obvioulsy modified Linux to get it to run on their hardware. This is a violation of the Linux license, the GPL. He tried contacting Linksys who weren't immediately co-operative, so he posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list and Linksys came under considerable pressure to r

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Talk: 3D printing

Posted by Paul Campbell on June 12, 2011 in Talks tagged with , ,

Here's some references from the 3D printing talk: First of all Thingiverse where you can find 1000s of things to build and make http://www.thingiverse.com/ ---------------------------------------------------------------- The "reprap host" slicing application can be downloaded from reprap.org http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Installing_RepRap_on_your_computer you'll need a working Java runtime to use it. You need to download the config file for our working reprap from: http://www.taniwha.com/~paul/reprap.properties install it in ~/.reprap (or wherever else reprap host stores s

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Competition: Clothesline Racing

Posted by Paul Campbell on May 03, 2011 in Competitions tagged with , ,

As announced at last night's meeting we're having a competition: Clothesline Racing The basic idea is to build a device that will travel from one end of a clothesline to the other and back again - there will be (chocolate) fishy prizes. The clothesline will be strung outside, as level as we can and fairly taut - but will probably dip a little in the middle. The rules we'll be using will be the same as those listed below: http://www.tcmaker.org/blog/2010/10/clothesline-race-o-rama-mk2-sat-nov-20-2010/ with some minor (largely metric) changes - we'll have a 30m line (if we can find s

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Talk: Adding hardware to Arduinos

Posted by Paul Campbell on May 03, 2011 in Talks tagged with , , ,

I've uploaded my talk from last week about adding hardware to Arduinos - here's the slides as PDF.   Here's the promised link for  buying L298 H-bridges in NZ: L298

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Talk: Introduction to JavaScript & Web Development

Posted by Blair McBride on April 27, 2011 in Talks tagged with , , , , , , ,

Learn the basics of JavaScript, HTML and CSS in web development to build a simple to-do list webapp.

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